Bong Joon-Ho may have swept the 2020 Oscars with Parasite, but he could soon face competition from his own interpreter, 25-year-old Sharon Choi, who’s announced she’s working on her own film.
Choi probably spoke on stage more than any other attendee at this year’s Oscars, translating lines from Joon-Ho after Parasite’s four major wins – including a touching tribute to Martin Scorsese – giving her enough air time for fans to make highlights reels on Twitter.
This first-hand industry exposure will come in handy as her film is reportedly set during awards season. The Wrap reporter Steve Pond wrote on Twitter that Choi – who studies film alongside working as a translator – wanted to start work on her own feature as soon as the Oscars were over. Joon-Ho confirmed the rumours backstage at the ceremony: “You already know she’s a filmmaker, and she studied film in the university. I’m so curious about her script. Actually, she’s writing some feature-length script, I’m so curious about it.”
“I know she has a huge fandom,” Joon-Ho told reporters on the red carpet, with Choi adding: “It’s very embarrassing to translate, but (Bong) said that thanks to me, this campaign has been a smooth journey.”
South Korean cinema is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance with its New Wave, referred to as “Hallyuwood”, featuring filmmakers such as Kim Jee-woon and Park Chan-wook – read our top ten South Korean films to watch for some inspiration. Bong Joon-Ho, of course, leads this charge and you can read about his other cinematic works here.
Any further details about Choi’s project are firmly under wraps at this point.